Iconic actor in society play

Derek Jacobi, Fiona Button and Ronald Pickup rehearsing for Heartbreak House at Chichester Festival Theatre. Photo by Johan Persson  INFO ON FILE NAME: CFTheart2012JP_00685 Derek Jacobi Fiona Button and Ronald Pickup. Rehearsals Photo by Johan Persson
Derek Jacobi, Fiona Button and Ronald Pickup rehearsing for Heartbreak House at Chichester Festival Theatre. Photo by Johan Persson INFO ON FILE NAME: CFTheart2012JP_00685 Derek Jacobi Fiona Button and Ronald Pickup. Rehearsals Photo by Johan Persson
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Chichester Festival Theatre will continue celebrating its 50th anniversary season with one of the biggest names in British acting, Derek Jacobi, taking to the stage from July 6 until August 25.

The actor will be starring as Captain Shotover in Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House, and it’s far from his first appearance at the award-winning theatre as he previously performed there in Uncle Vanya, Playing the Wife, Hadrian VII, The Royal Hunt of the Sun and Saint Joan.

Directed by Richard Clifford, the play is set on the brink of the First World War.

It stars Ellie Dunn, her father and her fiance as they are invited to a house party at the home of the eccentric Captain Shotover by his daughter Hesione Hughabye.

Unfortunately, her fiance is a scoundrel, her father’s a self-righteous man, and she’s actually in love with Hector, Hesione’s husband.

But the dynamics quickly change as the family is divided by Ellie’s decision to marry for money, and not for love.

Also starring in the production is Emma Fielding as Hesione Hushabye, who has appeared in The King’s Speech, Decade, Private Lives, and stars in the film, Fast Girls.

Ronald Pickup plays Mazzini Dunn, George Layton plays Billy Dunn and Jo Stone-Fewings plays Randall Utterwood.

As well as holding a number of productions to celebrate the theatre’s 50th anniversary, events will mark the history and future of the Festival Theatre with art exhibitions, a commemorative book by local author Kate Mosse, local free public events, and the creation of a temporary structure Theatre on the Fly which will house new work from Chichester Festival Theatre’s team of graduate directors.

On July 14 there will be a pre-show talk, Before Heartbreak House, with playwright David Hare introducing George Bernard Shaw’s own ‘favourite play,’ while on August 2 there is a post-show talk with the cast and creative team, After Words.

Tickets cost £10 to £36 from Chichester Festival Theatre on (01243) 812917 or go to cft.org.uk.